I’ve been wait­ing for this day says Liam

Midweek Visiter - - Sport - BY ALAN JONES

MAN­AGER Liam Wat­son said South­port must build on their Emi­rates FA Cup win over Bore­ham Wood as they re­turn to league ac­tion.

The Sand­grounders booked their place in the sec­ond round with an em­phatic vic­tory against higher-ranked op­po­si­tion with goals from Dean Win­nard and Ja­son Gilchrist.

South­port re­turn to Vanarama Na­tional League North ac­tion on Tues­day with a visit to Here­ford and Wat­son is look­ing for con­sis­tency af­ter a fine win.

“I can’t give the play­ers enough credit, it’s a spe­cial day for the fans and it’s one I’ve been wait­ing for,” Wat­son (right) said.

“We knew that they would be big, phys­i­cal and strong, and we said that we should be look­ing to pass the ball through them.

“We com­peted with them in both boxes and both of our goals came from set-pieces, which shows that it is about the quality of the de­liv­ery not al­ways the height.

“The fans re­ally re­sponded when we scored and the ground was bounc­ing at the end.

“I can’t re­call them threat­en­ing us much in the fi­nal third and we were dom­i­nant through­out.

“The game at Here­ford is more im­por­tant than to­day.

“If we turn up and per­form as we have done to­day, there is no rea­son we can’t look to get three points.

“We’re start­ing to keep clean sheets, the work ethic is there and we need to con­tinue with these things.”

Striker Jack Samp­son signed a con­tract ex­ten­sion un­til 2020 last week and he played a part in Win­nard’s open­ing goal to help set South­port up for vic­tory.

“I thought we were the bet­ter team all day,” said Samp­son.

“The man­ager did the home­work on them and we knew what was com­ing from them.

“The first goal came from the train­ing ground. We’ve worked on our set-pieces and in the past few games there have been some good balls into the box but no-one has man­aged to get to them at the far post.

“This time I did that, got a good con­nec­tion and it fell into Deano’s path. All the lads are buzzing af­ter two big wins and we need to take that into Tues­day.”

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